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Dream Interpretation: Snakes

Updated on May 31, 2013
Though they can be very unsettling, snake dreams can give us clues to unconscious struggles.
Though they can be very unsettling, snake dreams can give us clues to unconscious struggles. | Source

They say that dreams are the road to the unconscious. As long as man has been able to reason, he has sought to understand the significance of the dream phenomenon. Surprisingly, there are several symbols common to many dreamers. One such symbol is the snake.

Many of us have an instinctual fear of snakes. Because of this fact, dreaming about snakes can lead to very unsettling feelings. Snake dreams can, however, provide some very important information to the dreamer. They can be a symbol of warning and can also serve as a source of motivation.

When interpreting dreams, it is important to realize that each individual is unique with varying backgrounds, experiences, and emotions. Your dreams are connected to your reality. This means you must draw from your own life when interpreting your dreams. With snake dreams (as with all dreams) you will need to look at the dream in its entirety to true understand the message. Two very important factors to determining the exact meaning of you snake dream are the context by which the snake appears and how you feel about this appearance.

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Dream Facts

Approximately one in every 20 dreams involves a snake.

What Does Dreaming of Snakes Mean?

When interpreting dreams involving snakes, it is important to understand that the snake is a neutral symbol. This means the role of the snake can be slanted by the dreamer. That slant is often defined by the dreamers cultural or spiritual beliefs. For example, in the west snakes are feared while in the East they are quite often revered. The dreamers view of snakes undoubtedly influences the interpretation of the dream. In this way, dream analysis is highly subjective. This article is meant to serve as a guide to provide some insight into why this type of dream is occurring or reoccurring in your life.

In general, snake dreams indicate that the dreamer's attention was involved in some creative process throughout the day. This creative pursuit may have been spiritual, emotional, mental, or physical. Quite often dreaming about snakes is related to challenges and feelings in your waking life. Most commonly, snakes represent one of the following:

  • The unconscious - Snakes are quite often the symbolic of unconscious thoughts and desires
  • Healing or resolving issues
  • A phallic Symbol - Classic Freudian theory suggests that the snake is male energy, the male figure, or the experience of sexuality
  • Your untamed or wild side
  • Your intuition, instinctual, or spiritual side
  • A time of transition or transformation

Dream Interpretation: Snakes and What They Mean

If you dream of...
Then it may signify...
Snake Skin
a source of protection from illnesses
A snake with a head at each end
You are feeling overburdened as if you are being pulled in two directions at once.
A two headed snake
Cooperation and teamwork in a waking relationship
A snake with no head or no eyes
You are being blindsided or you are refusing to see the danger in a situation
A snake eating another snake
You are willing to succeed at any cost
Eating a live snake
Your life is lacking senuality and you are looking for intimacy.
Throwing up after eating a live snake
You are rushing or overcompensating for something you lack in your life.
A snake being beheaded
You may be refusing to face a fear or there may be an issue you are not confronting.
A snake Charmer
The need for control over your sexual desires
A snake bite
A warning regarding something in your waking life
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Who is More Likely to Have Snake Dreams

Snake dreams are believed to be more common in individuals who have a more developed sense of consciousness, are highly creative, or who are very much in tune with themselves. This includes various healers, mediators, creators, and yogis.

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How to Stop Recurring Snake Dreams

In general, snake dreams subside once the dreamer realizes their fear, issue, or other factor that spurred the dream. Since dreaming of snakes can be quite unsettling, it is important that you do not dwell on the dream, particularly as you get close to bedtime. Doing so can actually encourage the recurrence of the snake dream and typically this is not what you want. Instead, you may want to try a technique called lucid dreaming. This is when you become consciously aware that you are dreaming while asleep. This may seem like a difficult thing to do, but with practice it is possible. If you succeed at lucid dreaming, you will be able to actually ask the snakes why they are continuing to appear in your dreams. You may be able to face the snakes, thereby, gaining control of your fear.

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      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting Hub LQWILLIams, I do have quite a few dreams about snakes, but I always just thought it was because I am an avid reptile lover, I actually own a Burmese Python. This was very informative. Thumbs up on your hub.

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      MysticMoonlight 4 years ago

      Interesting and insightful Hub! There are many interesting points made here. I just had a brief conversation with someone just yesterday about this very topic so I hope you don't mind if I share this?!

      Warm blessings to you!

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      LQWILLIams 4 years ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting

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      LQWILLIams 4 years ago

      Thank you for reading and commenting

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      ealley 3 years ago

      saw a blue & yellow ( both colors) short -4 feet long- snake moving to me with wide open mouth showing full mouth- teeths and toung and went into room.

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      mialindsay 2 years ago

      Dreamt os a fuschia snake that was shaped like an Egyptian crown; completely alive and connected, with no eyes, just the indentions of eyes and the mouth was sealed. It was short and thick, a perfect fit for a crown. I am not certain what part to concentrate on. Any additional info for me?

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      taneasha Anderson 2 years ago

      I had a dream I was laying in bed next to my boyfriend and when I woke up it was smaller silver snakes I wasn't afraid at I was really calm and felt relieved

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      neerajkool23 2 years ago

      I had a dream of a big dark snake crawling that made me afraid. A few weeks later, I had a dream of a snake being eaten by a bigger snake, which in turn got eaten by a bigger one and which in turn got eaten by the biggest snake. The biggest snake was light skinned while all other were dark skinned. I was afraid seeing them eat each other, except the biggest one which did not make me as afraid as the earlier ones. The biggest one also swallowed a man (not sure whether deliberately) and in order to save the man, I cut the snake's belly. However, someone had already pulled out the man by then who had died by the time he was pulled out. Could you please interpret this dream? I am passing through a challenging phase in my life for the past couple of years.

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      dorie 8 months ago

      I don't know what my dream of to be in the future but its really bad for me because in my dream I'm the human snake lover or I'm her wife weeww but first he's a handsome man then turning to a big brown snake and I can't believe my self because I'm not afraid of him then suddenly her whole family is also a human snake but he will not bite me. Then I wake up ........

      I don't know what's the meaning of this it is my first time in my in tired life

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